Marshall County Broadband Profile 2021: Yellow rating: Ranking out 46 of 87

Rank: 46
Code: Yellow
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Marshall County: incremental improvements fueled by MN grants

Marshall County has seen consistent, incremental improvements in broadband coverage, and they have benefited grants almost every year grants were available. That trend has continued this year.

County will benefit from a  MN State Grant awarded in 2021:

  • Garden Valley Technologies – Northwest Thief River Falls and Euclid – GRANT $1,640,722 This middle and last mile project will serve 104 unserved and 22 underserved locations in portions of Marshall and Polk counties.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Benton is $7,930,170; broadband is one possible use.

Marshall has engaged providers. They have a history of consistent improvement. If they have an opportunity to invest federal funding into broadband; they are code yellow.

Broadband Access:

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 77.31 71.6 53.08 48.2 9.2
25/3 (2022 goal) 78.36 85.3 56.11 50.84 33.49

Computer Access:

County Households with computer …with desktop or laptop …with ONLY  smartphone …with a tablet et al
State of MN 93.6% 80.6% 7.7% 63.8%
Marshall 87.2 72.7 8.7 43.1

Past grants:

  • 2017 – Wikstrom Telephone – Wiktel NW MN Broadband – GRANT $1,307,785
  • 2016 – GARDEN VALLEY TELEPHONE COMPANY RURAL THIEF RIVER FALLS EAST – GRANT: $2,027,035
  • 2016 – WIKSTROM TELEPHONE COMPANY (WITH BEAMCO, INC.) RURAL ALVARADO – GRANT: $43,481
  • 2016 – WIKSTROM TELEPHONE COMPANY WIKTEL NW MN – GRANT: $950,823
  • 2014 – Wikstrom Telephone, Kittson, Marshall, Roseau Broadband Extension – Award $425,000
  • Wikstrom Telephone – Wiktel NW MN Broadband Project – GRANT $1,151,526

Checklist:

  • Find more articles on broadband in Marshall County (http://tinyurl.com/zamfwj3)
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 46 (up 15)
  • Has worked with Blandin: no
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 2.04

Details:

I am doing the annual look at broadband in each county – based on maps from the Office of Broadband Development and news gathered from the last year. I’m looking at progress toward the 2022 (25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up) and 2026 (100 Mbps down and 20 Mbps up) and will code each:

  • Red (yikes)
  • Yellow (warning)
  • Green (good shape)
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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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